Strange Creatures & Extinct Species: Oddities & odd subjects, unusual animals. Unicorns & more. Antique lithographs & old engravings of dodo, bats, marsupials, passenger pigeons & great auks. Sourced bookplates from the mid 1600’s through 1900. They are all over 100 years old.
Santa says a top request from strange creatures is Marijuana engravings, over 100 years old.
Gift the hard to gift person with something that not only is unique but is an antique. It comes with all kinds of history. Throughout history people have been fascinated in strange creatures and the unusual. Luckily oddities were recorded by naturalists & scientists. Then translated into lithographs and engravings, such as the following gallery of old prints which follow. All of them are antiques. Over 100 years old and as much as 350 years in age.
Santa’s Gift Guide top requests for unusual oddities is antique marijuana engravings. The subject was recorded for for a few hundred years. Used as a medical therapy years ago, these old prints were in books and physician’s manuals. The plant was recorded by means of bookplates, engravings and lithographs. These old engravings are antiques. They are 170 to 270 years of age.
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The Dial of Fortune… “Be your own Astrologer and Physician.”
A super cool antique lithograph, printed in colors. @11×15″ $100.
The Creation 1734. An unusual antique deptiction.
This engraving of the big bang creation is almost 300 years old. It is ancient, it published 1734. A printed leaf from a book from an 18th century book. The strike of the copper plate engraving is strong and exact. It appears to be an early strike of 300 or so strikes, maximum. Intense ink with depth. @9 x 15″ $175.
Colorful Antique Lithographs of Knights Jousting from the Mid Nineteenth Century.
Colorful Antique Lithographs o Knights Jousting. Sold in sets of two c.1840 metallic water colored lithographs, each piece measures 8 1/4 x 14 1/4″ ; 8 1/4 x 15 1/2″ The pair is priced at $350. with U.S. shipping & insurance.
For the person who needs art, but what they like is the dark underground…
Mammoth Cave Kentucky 1840 German steel plate engraving of the cave’s interior. 7 3/4 x 11 1/2″ $35.
Anonymous Animal or L’Animal Anoyme, an Extinct Species?
A charming French hand colored copper plate engraving on hand made paper of one of Earth’s strange creatures. Perhaps an extinct species. A little animal that nobody named. So Buffon, a famous scientist called him “Anonymous Animal or L’Animal Anoyme.” Published from 1749-1761 in Paris. 8 1/4 x 10 1/4″ $100.
Medieval Fact or Fiction: 1646 Engraving of an Extinct Species?
Medieval Depiction Fact or Fiction ? A bizarre circa 1646 (copper plate) engraving. A leaf from a 17th century German encyclopedia. 8 1/4 x 13 1/2″ $75.
Extinct Species of Birds: Dodo’s, Auks & Passenger Pigeons.
We have hard to find antique lithographs-hand colored engravings of extinct species of birds including dodo’s auks & passenger pigeons. The strange unusual 18th & 19th Century depictions are considerably hard to find.
1749-61 Engravings of Strange Creatures: Bats & Horns
Compte de Buffon’s 1st monumental work published during1749-1761. In Amsterdam and Paris. Naturalists recorded their newest discoveries in nature. As a result, encyclopedias of sorts, were published by subscription… In this case, the result was these copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid linen rag paper, by perhaps the most famous of all early naturalist, Compte de Buffon, strange unusual skeletons. Each piece measures 8×10 1/2″ priced at $45. each. Three or more $35. each.
Strange Creatures: Miniature Antique Engravings of Bats by Buffon!
Bats-Misunderstood Flying Mammals, one of the most odd unusual of all the animal kingdom. Our 18th Century hand colored bat engravings of Fledermaus or flying mice, surely will intrigue your curiosity…Strange Creatures & Critters: Odd & Unusual Species!
The tiny antique bat engravings paper measures a mere 4 1/2 x 8.” Each piece is a hand water colored copper plate engraving. Dating to the late 18th to early 19th century. The bookplates published by Buffon, in a rare German edition of Histoire Naturelle. An encyclopedic type of subscription. The copper engraving struck a hand laid rag paper. Superb condition. $45. each. Three or more $35. each.
Strange Creatures & Critters by Albertus Seba 1736 – 1763
Odd & unusual species of animals by Albertus Seba. His compositions from Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio, et iconibus artificiosissimis expressio, per universam physices historiam still amaze naturalists today. Unusual weird animal depictions brought to question: fact or fiction? The Albertus Seba snakes are the most unusual depictions published at the time on the subject. Each piece is a double folio hand colored copper plate engravings which were published in Amsterdam by Janssonio-Waesbergios, & J. Wetstenium, & Gul. Smith between 1734 and 1765.
Strange Creatures by Merian and Johnson. Antique Engravings dating to 1646-1671.
Strange creatures & possible extinct species by Merian and Johnson. Antique Engravings dating to 1646-1671. Strange creatures and unusual animals, surely some are extinct species. Rare antique copper plate engravings on very fine hand made linen rag with especially fine strikes. Published for the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis in Nuremberg, Germany. Each Antique Engraving measures about 8 1/2 x 13 1/2″Click here to contact us.
Antique prints of flying mammals: bats. 220 years old engravings from c.1800.
220 year old antique engravings of flying mammals bats… Here are small Buffon bat prints from c.1800. They are English copper plate engravings on hand laid linen rag. Small and decorative. With detailed frames around the subject. Odd and unusual strange creatures. Bats are fantastic friends of the environment. Furthermore an important pollinator. The paper measures 5×8″. $40. for one. Set of six for $150. Click here to contact us.
Marsupial Miniatures: Antique Watercolor Engravings of Opossums
Opossums are of the marsupial family. Unusual as there are, many find them charming. These are antiques. 220 year old prints of these strange creatures. Published for a circa 1800 encyclopedia of sorts for the Compte de Buffon. He was a very wealthy French scientist and naturalist. Therefore financing for publishing books was of no consequence. Each piece is full of character. The bookplates are miniatures measuring 4 x 7″. Priced at $40. each. Six for $185. Click here to contact us.
Strange Creatures Ancient Engraving: 18th Century Two Headed Cat LX
A rare copper plate engraving of horns-skull that was published in Paris from 1749-1761. Details will accompany the purchase with a detailed biography of a wild 18th century French scientist & naturalist. 9×11″ $85. Call 413-245-4197 to place your order.
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I remember growing up in Northern Michigan, where one would become literally face to face with Little Brown Bats at night. They traveled in huge numbers right past you as you walked down the street on this very populated, car less, little island called Mackinac. Rarely ever brushing you, you could feel the wind of them passing you. They were welcomed by me. I have fond memories of the Little Brown Bats!
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